Budgie Toys No.456/G.P.O.

Telegraph Boy

Around 1958, Morris & Stone replaced the Morestone Motorcycles with a new casting ready for the launch of the Budgie Toys range. These were used for the AA and RAC Motorcycle Patrols and the four Solo Motorcycles. Unlike their coloured predecessors, the Solo models were issued in a bright chrome finish with plastic riders. The third of these was the GPO Telegraph Boy.

 

 

Series 1

 

Issued 1959-63

The Series 1 model was chrome-plated all over with unpainted metal wheels and black tyres. 'Made in England' was cast on the left side below the seat. The plastic rider was blue with a red helmet, black gloves and boots. The face was painted pink.

 

Boxes for the Telegraph Boy utilised the old Morestone Series (Morris & Stone) design at first but with the number '456/G.P.O' added to the end-flap details. Later, when Guiterman took over ownership, the end-flaps were changed to read 'Made in England by a member of the Guiterman Group of Companies No.456/GPO'.

 

Eventually the Morestone boxes were replaced by yellow 'Budgie Models' ones which carried a picture of a Series 1 model with the number and name on the end-flaps (B1).

 

Series 2

 

Issued 1964-66

In 1964 the model was upgraded to a new casting of a Triumph motorcycle. This continued to be chrome-plated with unpainted metal wheels and black tyres. The rider remained blue plastic with a red helmet and black gloves and boots.

 

Boxes for the Series 2 GPO Telegraph Boy were the same yellow 'Budgie Models' boxes as Series 1 (B1), and the illustration continued to show the Series 1 model.

Budgie No.456/GPO Telegraph Boy (Series 1)
Budgie No.456/GPO Telegraph Boy (Series 1)
Budgie No.456/GPO Telegraph Boy (Series 1)

Series 1 model with Morris & Stone numbered box

Budgie No.456/GPO Telegraph Boy

Variations

 

Series 1 

Chrome-plated M/cycle, 'Made in England' on left side, umw (black tyres)

blue plastic rider with red helmet 

 

BOXES for Series 1 (all had number '456/GPO' on end-flaps): 

Morestone/Morris & Stone

Morestone/Guiterman

Budgie Models (B1)

 

Series 2 

Chrome-plated Triumph M/cycle, no id., umw (black tyres)

blue plastic rider with red helmet

Budgie Models (B1) box

Budgie No.456/GPO Telegraph Boy (Series 2)
Budgie No.456/GPO Telegraph Boy (Series 2)

Series 2: Triumph m/cycle, Budgie B1 box

Budgie No.456/GPO Telegraph Boy box variations

Budgie No.456/GPO box variations

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Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast

   

  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • gpw  - grey plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • id.     - maker's identification

 

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